It looks like our house buying venture will soon be coming to a close. Finally!
It’s been over a year since we started talking about buying this house, and I’m sure you’re wondering why the heck it’s taking so long, right?
Well, here’s the scoop.
The house that we decided we wanted to buy over a year ago wasn’t actually for sale at the time.
How it all came about…
I used to be an interior decorator. I had lots of clients, focused my time and energy on client work, and my blog was kind of a side hobby. Then I decided I was tired of client work (really, really tired of it to the point that I dreaded it), and wanted to focus on my blog as my main job.
Then came Vicki. She wanted to hire me to help her with her kitchen remodel and redecorating her new family room and breakfast area. I told her I wasn’t interested, and that I wasn’t taking on clients anymore. Then she said the magic words.
She wanted a turquoise island in her kitchen. Turquoise!
You’d have to understand my experience as a decorator in Waco, Texas, to understand how shocking that is. People here (or at least the people I worked with) didn’t take risks like that. At all!! I got so bored with decorating for others, and felt like I’d scream if I had one more request for “Tuscan” or…wait for it…”Texas Tuscan.” Blech!! I wish I could find the person who coined that ridiculous term and give them a piece of my mind. It’s all anybody wanted!!
So, yeah. When Vicki started talking about decorating with turquoise, she had me hook, line, and sinker. Another Wacoan after my own heart.
What does this have to do with the house?
Okay, I’m getting there!
One day, and I’m not even sure how the conversation came up, but I was talking to Vicki and her husband about our house dreams. I said that I wasn’t really a fan of new construction, and that my dream was to find an old house built in the early 1900s, one that’s a real fixer upper and needs lots of TLC, and one that’s inexpensive (as in, around $80,000), and then slowly turn that home into my own dream home.
Vicki and her husband looked at each other, then looked back and me and said, “We have a house you might be interested in!”
As it turns out, Vicki had been holding on to the house that her parents lived in for over forty years. The house had been empty for about four years, and it was still filled with her parents’ belongings. Filled…completely.
I went and looked at the house, and I won’t say that it was exactly what I had in mind. It’s actually a bit newer than what I had hoped for (it was built in the 1950s, and I was kind of hoping for something around the 1920s that had the character of that time with stuff like arched doorways, etc.), but it was cute, I could definitely see the potential, and (as you’ve heard me say a thousand times), it sat on a one acre lot.
(The picture makes it look deceptively small. The house is actually 2,317 square feet. Not huge, but definitely more than the 834 square feet we’ve been living in for the last seven years!! )
The lot was kind of the clincher for me. Everything that the house didn’t have that I had hoped for was made up for with the fact that it sat on one acre of land. In the city. That’s incredibly unusual.
And the fact is that most of the houses that fit the description of exactly what I want as far as time period and character generally have some major deficiencies, like no garage, or a tiny lot, or something like that. Here’s an example. This house, currently for sale in Waco, is more like what I had always envisioned buying…
It was built in 1920, look like an adorable cottage, and has original hardwood floors throughout. The problem? It only has one bathroom, a one-car detached garage, and sits on a small lot.
That’s pretty standard for all of the old houses with the built-in character that I’ve dreamed of for so long.
So this 1950s house, while not exactly what I had envisioned, seemed just right with its two car garage, two bathrooms, 2300+ square feet, and large lot, and it was definitely something I could work with.
We expressed interest in buying the house, and they began the very long and tedious process of going through every single thing in the house and deciding what to do with all of it. That finally culminated in an estate auction that took place this last weekend, so the house is finally cleared out completely for the first time is decades.
With the house cleared out, we could finally have it inspected. That happened two days ago (on Monday). And yesterday we had a couple of people come out to give us estimates on having the house leveled and having a new roof put on.
So things are moving forward for us. We’re actually starting to feel like this year-long process might finally be coming to a close. If we can just hammer out a few final details, we can bring this to a close and start the exciting journey of turning this house into our home.
And I can’t wait to share more pictures with you!! The house needs sooooo much work, and so much love, and I’m excited to share the process with you!